I read this a few days ago, at least as much as I could stomach. It’s pretty irrational. I thought this was funny:
Delgado and Stefanic, though, argue the price for freedom in this case may be higher than we think. For example, a John Hopkins study published in 2013 concluded that being exposed to racism can lead to high blood pressure and stress among African Americans.
Being exposed to racism isn’t funny, but the idea that the stress of racism is different from other stresses is medically and logically bankrupt. Being called a racist can just as easily be shown to produce the same negative physiological effects, but the author is so incredibly purblind that this would never occur to him.
So are we to place progressives who allege racism at the drop of a hat into the “You can’t say that, it’s hate speech!” column along with the n-word? I’m betting no.
Currently the federal government is prosecuting 200 people for being present at the protests during Donald Trump’s inauguration, including journalists and street medics.
Heh. I guess he’s unaware that those so-called protesters were rioting, a felony in every state in the union. Protests are peaceful demonstrations, but destroying property and participating in a riot is not free speech. Also, just because a person is a “street medic” or “journalist” does not make them automatically exempt from consequences if they participate in a riot.
Police officer to journalist: “Did you just break that window?”
Journalist: “Yes, but I’m a journalist.”
Officer: “Oh, I guess it’s okay, then.”
In what universe? Berlatsky’s, I suppose.
Other countries are willing to take the health and safety of their most vulnerable citizens into account. Were the U.S. to properly recognize the danger of hate speech, we wouldn’t look like Orwell’s “1984.” Instead, Delgado told me, we’d “look like France, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada or Sweden, all of whom regulate hate speech but where the political climate is just as free and healthy as our own, if not more so.”
Wow, I guess this guy doesn’t read the news in those other countries. Take France, for instance:
The so-called comic Dieudonne M’bala M’bala will face trial for writing “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly”, hours after 3.7 million French citizens had taken to the streets behind the “je suis Charlie” rallying cry.
Despite his claim that it was meant to be humorous (hello…comic!), the French decided it was anti-Semetic. How droll, considering Charlie Hebdo (a “so-called” satirical rag?) often gets away with worse. That’s how sideways hate speech laws can quickly go, and the other countries he cites have similar examples of draconian legal consequences for remarkably bland utterances.
Nope, I’ll pass on those other countries and their supposedly enlightened speech restrictions. And face it, if somebody’s speech gives you high blood pressure, your doctor can get you something for that. Or even better, you could just, you know, avoid them.